So many people thinks Slack is so very, very good … personally I’ve always found it confusing and badly designed 🤷🏻

One “advantage” of this pandemic is that the tech in the house has gotten a serious upgrade. Didn’t expect that.

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OK, this will be interesting. I’m changing a large part of what I’m doing at work, much less teaching. Instead I’m going to do things that I’ve tried to avoid (very successfully I might add) for the last 25 years.

Do I consider myself a pedestrian? Well, yes. I actually prefer walking to many other forms of transportation. Some people think I’m slightly crazy that prefer to walk 3-4 km instead of taking the bus, but I like it. I see more things (and get some exercise). #mbnov

Today I’ve been building a kind of sluice for the cat doors (when it get cold outside, it get cold indoors) and because of how I built it I needed to reinforce it with some steel plates. #mbnov

Interesting, until last week I have seen perhaps 5 people totally since who have had a mask on … since March. On Monday I saw somewhere between 5-10 with a mask, so apparently there have been some kind of shift in people’s minds . #mbnov

My current dilemma: should I volunteer for doing extra stuff (new things are exciting but might take a lot of time) or should I keep my head down (boring and predictable = I know how can spend my time). #mbnov

I’m currently sitting in a full day Zoom-meeting where we are currently discussing how it’s possible to adjust lecture planning to what is actually happening during the lecture. #mbnov

The time has come for the last call of the day. A Zoom-meeting with a few friends. #mbnov

The provisions have arrived #mbnov

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A few more photos from Umeå

Monday again and once more I find myself walking around in Umeå trying to pass some time. This time I captured a rose laying discarded on the ground. #mbnov

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There are borders all over, between countries, regions, cities, houses, people, etc. How would a world without borders look like? How would it work? #mbnov

Cat life - Not in the mood to go out

It still looks like it’s winter #mbnov

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That was quick. It took less than 28h for these tracks to show up

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The dark times fade away and a new beginning can be seen at the horizon #mbnow

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Yes, it’s possible ! The world can really change in 24h (or in this case 23h 55m), compare these to the photos from yesterday. #mbnov

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Nice, the snow is back (from my office window)

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Sometimes I think about our dependence of travel. Do we need to travel as much as we do? We are taught that travel should be fast, but what do we miss by traveling slowly? #mbnov

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The most interesting “Swinglish” expression I’ve seen lately (in a US conference paper written by Swedes) is “weather strokes” as a translation for “väderstreck”. I guess that the correct translation would be “compass directions”.

I first thought this email was a sign that I was older than I thought “You Are Eligible for ACM’s Senior Members Grade” 😋 but it turned out that it was some kind of … “senior member grade” when you have “must have demonstrated performance through technical leadership, and technical or professional contributions”.

Well, this means I that I won’t become a “senior member”

Every year an organization here in Sweden declares what is “The Christmas Present of the Year”, previously it has been things like CD player, electric bike, video camera, etc. This year it’s a “camping stove” (not sure about the translation of “stormkök”)! Another Covid sign 😋